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Company: Center for American Progress
District of Columbia
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
June 28, 2013
Job ID: 1496579


Associate Editor, Campus Progress

Reports to: Communications Manager, Campus Progress

Department: Campus Progress

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Exempt, full-time


 American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Editor with Campus Progress, American Progress’s youth-outreach arm. Campus Progress helps young people make their voices heard on critical issues.

The Associate Editor will work with Campus Progress’s Communications team to assign, develop, and edit reported and opinion pieces by young writers for the web magazine, which covers politics, policy, and culture. The Associate Editor also will recruit new writers, contribute original writing to the web magazine, and work with Campus Progress’s network of student-run publications. reaches a broad audience. The magazine runs reported and opinion articles, cultural reviews, video, photos, comics, and other content from a wide range of contributors, mostly young people. The magazine often focuses on priority issues for Campus Progress’s advocacy work, including LGBT issues, immigration, higher education, and voting rights. The magazine has interviewed national figures including President Barack Obama, Stephen Colbert, Margaret Cho, M.I.A., Talib Kweli, Paul Krugman, and Rachel Maddow. Its content is regularly highlighted in and linked to by prominent media outlets and blogs. Its investigative pieces have been cited by media and key government officials in the context of major policy debates.

Campus Progress’s Communications division also offers funding and training to a diverse network of more than 50 student-run newspapers, magazines, blogs, and radio stations on campuses across the country. Participants at our journalism conferences and trainings have included top reporters from publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, TIME, The Huffington Post, Politico, and The Nation.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Commissioning and editing articles around key campaign issues.
  • Producing articles, blog posts, video, and photo essays.
  • Recruiting and managing freelance contributors—writers, producers, and artists—as necessary.
  • Working with the Campus Progress Communications team to implement layout, photos and art, multimedia production, and design for magazine content.
  • Working with the Campus Progress Communications Manager to promote content to other websites, blogs, and media outlets.
  • Helping to plan journalism panels at Campus Progress events and at conferences such as Netroots Nation and the National Conference for Media Reform.
  • Speaking on journalism and policy issues at public events as requested.
  • Collaborating on projects with partners such as The Nation, Colorlines, and The Huffington Post.
  • Assisting with the production of periodic print editions of the magazine.
  • Planning and executing innovative coverage strategies focused on engaging young people on Campus Progress’s key national campaigns through editorial and communications work.
  • Training communications interns and editors from Campus Progress’s network of student publications.
  • Contributing to the planning and implementation of journalism events and conferences.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • At least one year of professional journalism experience and/or journalism degree.
  • Familiarity and/or experience with online journalism and the tools and programs used to produce it.
  • Writing, reporting, and editing experience.
  • Strong organizational and management skills.
  • Creativity.
  • Exceptionally strong writing, research, and analytical skills.
  • Broad knowledge of politics, policy, and culture.
  • Proven ability to work on tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of Campus Progress.

You must send three to five published clips with your Word resume and cover letter.

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to:

Or you may write to:
Center for American Progress
1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

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